INTERVIEW: SkyLyne

Hi guys, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

-Thanks, glad you could have us! We’ve been alright, just kind of relaxing in Tahoe and working up some new material, soaking up some new sounds from artists we haven’t gotten to explore much in the past. Right now, we’re on a bit of a Jai Paul bender: the tragic hero of the indie world. We’re way late to the party, but good music is good music.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Saturday”?

-This song started off with the chorus: drums, bass, chords, and the same melody you hear now. We were all vibing to it almost immediately and began doing more production on it. We put synth sounds and riffs to add some nuance and those glitchy sounds you can hear throughout the song and album. A lot of work was put into the drums because what we were rocking with initially is not what ended up on the released version. We wanted to make the song have more bounce, something that people could easily get up and dance to, and we think we accomplished that. This song quickly became one of our favorites, and it’s one we’re looking forward to performing live soon!

Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?

-There was no particular event that inspired this song. It was more of an amalgamation of our experiences to fit around the chorus which was written first. It started out as a scratch chorus but we ended up liking it so much it made the final cut.

Any plans to release a video for the song?

-We have an idea in the works and we’re working on talking to someone who can direct it for us. We have a very focused and creative direction for the video so finding the time and money to execute it has been the biggest challenge. If it gets enough streams we’ll definitely put that project on the front burner and get it out soon!

The single comes off your new album Glitch – what’s the story behind the title?

-The name actually comes from the type of sound that we ended up landing on as a sort of trademark. We added elements from genres like hyperpop to our pop and RnB production style which ended up manifesting into a glitchy and synthetic sonic landscape. It is also a reference to the concept that we’ll be working with for the next few projects that we release which will come to light as we release new music.

How was the recording and writing process?

-The whole album was recorded in one of our bedrooms, and we all sometimes wrote in our spare time individually, or collectively in the same room. We didn’t have a set routine when it came to writing lyrics or even the songs. If one of us was struck with inspiration, we’d show it to the rest of the group and see if they messed with it. Some of our favorite songs off the album, like Saturday, came together after a simple idea had everyone inspired.

How has OutKast and Charlie XCX influenced your writing?

-Outkast and Charli didn’t necessarily influence our writing as much as they influenced our sound. Outkast were so adamant about being different that they probably felt uncomfortable if they tried to fit in, and yet they always knew how to keep it soulful and catchy, despite their trippy, psychedelic sounds and lyrical themes. Same thing with Charli. What she and all the people associated with the whole PC Music scene are doing is some of the most exciting production coming out right now, and we just wanted to experiment with some of their harsh, crushed up, hyperactive, and glitchy sounds but try to apply it to a more accessible and loose aesthetic. It may not be obvious, but Charli’s influence is all over our album, and definitely on Saturday in particular. Sophie (rest in peace) is becoming another huge influence for a lot of material we’re working on right now.

Where did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?

-Our inspirations came from a whole host of artists that we were listening to at the time. The Weeknd, Childish Gambino, Sampha, Lucky Daye, and Frank Ocean just to name a few. We constantly worked on creating our own sound with everything we were digesting, and much of that came from a production standpoint. We all really dug the hyper-pop sound and tried to find a way to fit within that genre while still bringing in our own musical tastes. Lyrically we took inspiration from the artists mentioned above, and since most of the album explores relationships and romance, we wanted it to be meaningful but also fun to listen and sing along to.  

What else is happening next in SkyLyne’s world?

-We’re always trying to mess around with new things, and we’re getting better and better every time we make something. Right now we’re working on three songs that we’re going to drop over the course of the summer. The first one’s called Dancing on Mars, which is coming out some time in July once we finish touching it up. Might be some of our best and most fun stuff yet.

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RJ Frometa
Author: RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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